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A lone Columbus County Sheriff’s deputy blocked the private road leading to RC Soles’s home outside Tabor City Sunday night. A quarter-mile or so up the private road other deputies and SBI agents looked into a shooting at the senator’s home. Sources tell WWAY Soles shot 22-year-old Thomas Kyle Blackburn in the leg when Blackburn and BJ Wright allegedly tried to break down the senator’s door around 5:20 Sunday afternoon. Both Blackburn and Wright, we are told, are legal clients of the senator. Investigators finally left the scene around 10:30 Sunday night without saying anything to the media except to tell us that if we tried to go up this private drive that leads to the senator’s house, we could face trespassing charges. Blackburn was taken to Loris Hospital in South Carolina for treatment. Law enforcement sources tell WWAY, the decision on whether to charge Soles with a crime will be left up to district attorney Rex Gore. As of Sunday night, Blackburn was listed in fair condition, but the hospital would not release any information on him as of Monday morning. He got out of jail in June after serving a year and seven months for felony breaking and entering. BJ Wright, as we reported a couple of weeks ago, received $8,000 from Senator Soles while serving time in prison, according to prison documents we obtained. We will continue to follow this story Monday and bring you any new developments.

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48 Comments on "More information in the shooting at Senator RC Soles home"

Wade Griffis
2015 years 10 months ago

I had no idea where Tabor City was until I started following this story. The chamber of Commerce must be happy with all the media attention.

We southerners love a good scandal. Maybe we will have one out of Tabor City soon.

2015 years 10 months ago

I find it interesting that Sen. Soles feels the need to help only indigent young men. Are there no needy women in Columbus County? It also is so very rare to hear of an attorney giving the client money, as opposed to the attorney being paid for services. Do we not have public defenders here in Columbus County?I had heard the story the Scott young man had reported 2 years ago from members of his distant family. If he is lying, he is at least consistent in his story telling. I also find it interesting that Sen. Soles meets behind closed doors with the very same men that he has placed restraining orders on. So much for fear for his person…

2015 years 10 months ago

These young men are hooligans, that’s for sure.

The mystery is why Soles would entangle himself with such lowlifes. I do not believe the relationships were sexual–I think it’s far more complicated than that . . . but what I would like to know is this: what on earth could have been the basis of their “friendships”?

What do the young men have on Soles? What exactly do they know about him? This is the mystery

2015 years 10 months ago

By reading the comments on the Soles’ incident, you can readily see that the redneck commentators really have it in for Senator Soles. Their comments are hateful and crude, to say the least.

Could it be that the right-wing rednecks (losers–all of them) hate Mr. Soles because he is a highly respected, rich, successful, porwerful man? Is that it?

Having known Mr. Soles and his family all my life, I do not hesitate to say that he is a man of fine character and integrity.

As a criminal lawyer, he has represented lowlifes, and they have repaid his hard work on their behalf by harrasing him for more handouts. Soles did the right thing when he shot the man who was breaking down his door to do God-knows-what to him. I (and you) would have done the same.

2015 years 10 months ago

My parents grew up with R.C. Soles and I have known of this man for 40+ years. I believe him to be a fine citizen. I don’t believe this to be true of very many politicians. I would like to say that even if he had done anything wrong in the past, which I don’t believe he did, it doesn’t give anyone the right to kick down his door. If someone were kicking in my door, I’d shoot them too, but I would hope I’d have better aim. Mr. Soles, I commend you for protecting yourself and defending your home!!!


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